February 11, 2012

"Just"


This blog is called “Transparent, Honest, and True” so Iam going to let you all in on a little secret…I really love celebrity news andgossip. You know shows like E! News, Keeping up with the Kardashians, People and US magazine. All of it! You too? Good, then keep reading, you might be able to relate.
I think we often look at celebrities on the red carpetand magazines and fantasize what their lives must be like. The parties thedoors of influence that are open to them, the people they must know, theglamorous life they lead.  Then we lookat our own lives and we go oh yeah there’s Angelina Jolie saving the world and hereI am just hoping I don’t fail my test tomorrow or that I can get all myhousework done before I am out of a weekend. I mean come on Angelina Jolie doesn’teven need to be part of the UN because she has the UN living in her own homewith all of her kids from the 7 corners of the world. HELLO
SO often we look at these celebrities lives and become sodiscouraged when we look back at our own lives and we start putting limits onour lives by using the word JUST. Ever been there? I have.

Look at  Mark 2:1-3 He (Jesus)left there and returned to his hometown. His disciples came along. On the Sabbath, he gave a lecture in the meeting place. He made a real hit, impressingeveryone. "We had no idea he was this good!" they said. "How didhe get so wise all of a sudden, get such ability?"
But in the next breath they were cutting him down: "He's JUSTa carpenter—Mary's boy. We've known him since he was a kid. We know hisbrothers, James, Justus, Jude, and Simon, and his sisters. Who does he think heis?" They tripped over what little they knew about him and fell,sprawling. And they never got any further.
In this passage other people were minimizing the work ofJesus, but it made me stop and wonder how many of us are minimizing our ownwork or where God has strategically placed us in our lives by saying I am justan office manager, secretary, stay at home mom, student, you fill in the blank?
Know with confidence that if you are deliberately seekingthe will of God than God has you strategically placed there, and if God has apurpose for you and has anointed you to do it, where is the enemy going toattack you the most? It’s in the very area that God has anointed you. The enemymay be evil but he is not stupid!
Take these next few people forexample.
Moses, Moses was “just” a shepherd who God called torelease the Israelites from the Egyptian oppression.
David was” just” a shepherd that slain a giant.
 Esther was “just” aJewish girl who saved her people from death
All of this came to be because they chose to see thepower and purpose in their situations instead of remaining in the “just”mindset.
Remember: you are not “just” a mother you are nurturingthe destiny of future world shakers. You are not just a student; you have theability to reach people that everyone else has somehow let go unnoticed. Youcan be the face of love, the arms of comfort, and the voice of hope, change,and freedom in Jesus to anyone in your world if you open yourself up to allowGod to do something supernatural through you. Start declaring yourself as more!Start declaring yourself a son or daughter of the most high, more than a conqueror,and anointed to do His work on earth.
Selah.

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